October 17, 2019
Co-presented with SFMOMA, we screen Trinh T. Minh-ha's 1991 film Shoot for the Contents.

Reflecting on Mao’s famous saying, “Let a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend,” the film—whose title refers in part to a Chinese guessing game—is a unique excursion into the maze of allegorical naming and storytelling in China. The film ponders questions of power and change, politics and culture, as refracted by the protests and massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

At the same time, the film offers an inquiry into the creative process of filmmaking, intricately layering Chinese popular and classical music, the sayings of Mao and Confucius, women’s voices and the words of artists, philosophers and other cultural workers. Exploring color, rhythm, and the changing relationship between ear and eye, this meditative documentary realizes on screen the shifts of interpretation in contemporary Chinese culture and politics.

The screening is introduced by Việt Lê, who discusses the multidimensional question of color, music, memory and the politics of translation in Trinh's films. Following the screening is a Q&A with Trinh.

Read more about Trinh T. Minh-ha here.

Việt Lê is Associate Professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. As an artist, academic and curator, their work has been published in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Art Journal and featured at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, the Smithsonian, Shanghai Biennale, among other venues. Lê is a board member of the Queer Culture Center and the reviews coeditor of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA).

This is the second event in our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha and how they address art, culture, and society today.

7pm: Introduction by Việt Lê
7:15pm: Screening

Q&A with Trinh T. Minh-ha to follow.

Location: Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA

Free